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Indybay FeatureRelated Categories: Central Valley | Education & Student Activism | Labor & Workers
education protests at the Capitol
this past week saw protests at the capitol by the California teachers association along with socialist and student activist groups from all over the state.
Monday-the week long protests kicked off with the arrest of over 50 student activists as well a few members of the local PSL(Party for Socialism and Liberation) as well a few Cta members. the charges where trespassing and skiing on a closed course inside the capitol. the protesters outside on the grounds chanting where made clear that they would be included in the arrests if they did not vacate the capitol grounds according to the California highway patrol, however from what i saw no arrests where made of those outside the building chanting slogans of support like " holla back...we got ya back". the arrested spent up to 12 hours in the local county jail and where released with court dates ranging from the June,12011 to June,5,2011
mid week saw the arrest of the president of the California teachers association along with a few teachers. this event looked and sounded like it was staged and preplanned with the local California highway patrol. the arrests seemed to have preplanned before the act itself began. the president of the California teachers association used this staged media stunt for his 15mins of fame with the local media that where covering the week long protests.
Friday- the California teachers association held a massive closing pep rally at the Capitol.
groups that came out and showed solidarity and support all week included.
the Sacramento IWW
bay area code pink
Sacramento chapter of the Party for Socialism and Liberation.
peace and freedom party
veterans for peace
and other bay area socialist groups
two activists from Olympia, WA came down and showed support and one even got arrested on Monday with other student protesters inside the Capitol building.
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